There's no secret to Riverside's success in the Harvard Cup.
The Frontiers are doing it with defense.
Troy Williams ran for three touchdowns and Riverside did all its scoring in the first half of Friday night's convincing 28-0 victory over Hutch-Tech at All High Stadium.
"If we play a full game we can play with anybody in Western New York," said Riverside coach Tony Truilizio, whose team improved to 6-1 overall, including a league-best 6-0 in Harvard Cup play. Grover Cleveland (5-1, 5-0) will try to keep pace at 3 p.m. today against East (2-4, 1-4) at All High.
Using a 3-5 alignment, Riverside linebackers Trent Alls, Marquis Crouch and Jordan Smith all made eight tackles as the Frontiers recorded their fourth consecutive shutout. Riverside hasn't allowed a point since a 34-8 loss at defending state champion Aquinas of Rochester on Sept. 20. Riverside has seven shutouts in its last 11 games dating back to last season and has nine shutouts since the start of the 2007 season.
"We shut them down inside the 30," said Truilizio. "They are a damn good team and I think we'll be seeing them again [in the playoffs]. Riverside will be very deadly if we put four quarters together. We played a good half, then thank God for our defense."
Williams took care of the offense, busting scoring runs of 53 and 55 yards.
"He got some really good blocking on the offensive line," Truilizio said. "They're under the radar. Those two [long runs] came on counters out of the double wing. Each time he broke two or three tackles and then took them to the house."
Next Saturday's battle between Riverside and Grover may well decide the top seed for the playoffs, which begin on Nov. 15.